Vapor-Pressure Driven Pump as Propellant Supply Tank in Space/Vacuum Environments

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2018-ALEX-68293
The manipulation of liquid in space and other vacuum environments has been a challenge. Any advancement in this field would be a breakthrough that could lead to further discovery in spacecraft propulsion.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a method of manipulating liquid fluids in low pressure, gravity-free environments. This technology is a gravity-free pump with a self-regulated, low head pressure that can be used as a propellant supply tank for micropropulsion systems operating in space or other vacuum environments. It has been tested in a vacuum chamber to replicate the nominal operating procedure.

Advantages:
-Manipulates fluids in low pressure, gravity-free environments
-Self-regulated, low head pressure

Potential Applications:
-Micropropulsion systems
-Space or other vacuum environment
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